Skyrim Gets First Unofficial Patch

    March 14, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Bethesda has handled the launch and post-launch upkeep of Skyrim way better than any of their previous games. By all accounts, it’s a pretty stable game without much wrong with it. There are still a few minor issues that Bethesda has historically never fixed, and now the first unofficial patch is out to fix it.

Coming from the official Elder Scrolls forums, which is a great place to get mod information, comes the news that version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch is now live. The patch attempts to fix many problems still present in the game. The fixes pertain to game mechanics, quest fixes, NPC/creature fixes, NIF mesh and texture fixes, item fixes, placement and world object fixes, and text fixes.

The list of changes made to the game is massive. I would list all of the changes, but it would make this article much too long. Let’s just say that this patch will make Skyrim run much smoother while eliminating redundancies in the game’s code.

Unfortunately for console gamers, the unofficial patch is only available for the PC version of Skyrim. If you own the console version, your best bet is that Bethesda implements these fixes in a later update.

You can check out the full change list on the Elder Scrolls forums. Just know that it’s worth your time to download it if you own the PC version of Skyrim. If the patch causes more bugs to appear, you can report said bugs to the team behind the patch.

It’s important to note that this is a beta release of the patch. It probably will work fine for you with little to no effect on your game. It may, however, conflict with a mod or a custom configuration that will cause your game to lock up or not work properly. Always back up your saves and be ready to catalog some bugs just in case.

If you are ready to enter a world where Skyrim doesn’t break as much, you can download the patch here. Tell us how it is once you’ve had a chance to play around with it.

[h/t: DSOGaming]

  • Jason Blotsky

    Do I need the game for the patch or can I just play the patch?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      You will need the full game to enjoy the patch. It’s only meant as a patch and does not include the full game.

      • Grimstone

        Lol. I don’t think JB meant that literally. More likely is his belief that this patch would be monstrously large. 😀

  • Harold Heart

    Can I use this patch on Oblivion?

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

    You will want to use the unofficial Oblivion patch that is much more robust and has been through multiple revisions. The Skyrim patch is only for Skyrim. You can, however, find the Oblivion patch here:


  • Jimmy Ikels

    Is this compatable on my 8086?

  • Ira Cranvoix

    Will Bethesda purchase this ‘unoffical’ patch, make it ‘official’? and take credit for it?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      In the past, Bethesda has implemented fixes found in unofficial patches and mods, but have usually thanked the community for their input. I would assume the same would stay the same here. In fact, a popular mod since launch has been the addition of a killcam for magic and arrow kills, which will be added via official update in 1.5.

  • Yoon Garcia

    Wow! Will it make me eggs and toast in the morning too?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      That functionality will be coming in version 2.0 of the Unofficial patch. Look forward to it!

  • Meh

    Would be easier if Bethesda offered a bug list since their too lazy to fix their own crippleware.